As Patent Trials Get Shorter, Number May Go Up

Law360, New York (March 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Attorneys are getting less time to argue patent cases, which could cause trials to increase as they become more time-efficient than summary judgment opinions, according to a law professor in Houston

Paul Janicke, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, said that the amount of time given for such things as opening statements, direct examinations and cross-examinations currently averages about 20 hours per side in patent cases, with a few judges giving only about 15 hours per side.

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